Is there anything better than a nice long run in the spring? The warmer weather is a welcome respite from the long winter months, but the heat and humidity that comes with summer hasn’t arrived quite yet. It is a good time to refocus on your fitness goals, start training for an upcoming race, or simply head back outside. If you’re looking for motivation to return to the road or trail this spring, perhaps some new gear will help. Here are a few new products to get you started.
Icebug Acceleritas4 ($147)
The Acceleritas4 from Icebug is designed to be a minimalist trail shoe that still provides plenty of support and traction on a variety of surfaces – west or dry. These shoes weigh just 7 oz, feature a flexible midsole, and a tread pattern that is meant to push dirt and mud away from the shoe. Built for the runner who likes to get off the beaten path, and doesn’t mind getting a little wet along the way, the Accleritas4 are a perfect choice for changing spring conditions.
Eddie Bauer Quantum Shirt ($60)
Eddie Bauer’s new Quantum shirt is made from fabrics that are designed to become more breathable as our bodies get warmer. The sweat-activated venting system in the Quantum allows membranes within the fabric to expand as things heat up, and contact as we coold down. In other words, as your workouts get more intense, this shirt will help regulate your temperature, and keep you more comfortable.
The North Face Agility Shorts ($45)
Good for workouts at the gym or outdoors, the Agility Short from The North Face offers mesh ventilation panels, an internal crepe liner brief, and a media pocket that securely holds your smartphone when your activites get more vigorous. Lightweight and comfortable, these shorts are versatile enough to be used both on and off the trail throughout the spring, and beyond.
Dare 2b Fired Up Windshell ($40)
A lightweight jacket that provides protection from both the wind and rain, the Fired Up Windshell from Dare 2b features elastic cuffs and hem, a form-fitting design, and reflective details to aid with visibility in low-light conditions. Available in seven different colors, it will keep you comfortable on those brisk spring days, even if conditions take an unexpected turn for the worse.
Nathan VaporAir Hydration Vest ($150)
No matter what season it is, it is important to always stay hydrated. The Nathan VaporAir Hydration Vest can help you do just that, while providing some extra storage for carrying additional gear along on your run. Weighing just 9.3 oz, this is the lightest hydration vest that Nathan offers, making it a good option for both training and racing. It comes equipped with a 2-liter water bladder, and provides approximatley 7L of storage – enough to carry a light jacket, energy bar, headlamp, a set of keys, and a smartphone.